National Book Festival

This is held each September on the National Mall between 7th and 14th Sts. and is hosted by the Library of Congress, whose pavilion features interactive family-centered activities. You can meet over 70 award-winning authors, illustrators, and poets. Info is available at 1-888-714-4696 or

Kennedy Center Prelude Festival

Each September, the Kennedy Center gears up for its fall season with a monthlong festival of discounted performances and events designed to celebrate the performing arts in D.C. In the past, the festival has included performances by the KC Jazz Club and the National Symphony Orchestra. There is also a free daylong Open House Arts Festival.

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Labor Day Concert by the National Symphony Orchestra

On the first Monday of September, Labor Day, the National Symphony Orchestra offers a free concert that begins at 8 P.M. on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Call 202-416-8000.

National Black Family Reunion

This two-day cultural celebration of African-American families in America, held in mid-September, features performances, food, education, and entertainment on the grounds of the Washington Monument. All events are free, except for the opening day VIP reception. Call 202-737-0120 for more information or visit

Adams Morgan Day Festival

Held the second Sunday in September, this celebration of regional diversity showcases the Adams Morgan neighborhood of eclectic and ethnic retail, entertainment, and dining establishments, with live outdoor music. Information is available at 202-232-1960 or

Kalorama House and Embassy Tour

Every second Sunday in September from noon to 5 P.M., take a walking tour of the historic homes and embassies of D.C. Maps are supplied. The cost is about $25. Call 202-387-4062 for more information.

Annual Children's Festival at the Wolf Trap Theater in Vienna

The festival is held in mid-September. Featured are paid performances, as well as clowns and puppet shows. Call 703-642-0862 or see Web site for information on performers.

Fiesta Musical

This annual Hispanic Heritage Month event is held in mid-Sep-tember at the National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Avenue NW) from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. The free family event features crafts for kids, music, dancing, special animal encounters, and a Latin American food court. For more information, call 202-633-1000, or visit

National Cathedral Open House

In late September, there are demonstrations by master stonecarvers, activities, and food from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. The Washington Post claims that this is the only opportunity to climb the central tower stairway and see the bells and a spectacular view. Call 202-537-6200 or visit for more information.

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